Schneider Electric, today announced a multi-year extension to its technological partnership with Warburtons to improve production at six of its manufacturing sites across the UK and mitigate the rising cost of energy and raw materials.
Founded in 1876, Warburtons employs nearly 5,500 people across the UK, producing and distributing over 2 million baked goods daily to 18,500 stores across the nation. Against the ongoing energy crisis, Warburtons is focused on optimising its operations to ease pressure and avoid passing costs onto its consumers.
A fully baked approach
As a leading UK bakery brand, Warburtons’ business operation is supported by a network of factories, suppliers, and distributors, so it is constantly looking for ways to reduce its environmental footprint and costs.
Using leading analytics technology developed by Schneider Electric and information technology company AVEVA, Warburtons can securely visualise data across all operations in a single information stream. The highly advanced AVEVAä System Platform, supplied by AVEVA Select UK & Ireland, is designed to break down silos and provide a unified, real-time view of the respective facilities. This should enable better system design and maintenance, more agile decision-making, and lead to more efficient, flexible, and profitable manufacturing.
For example, through the live production information and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) data calculated by the system, Warburtons is targeting a 5% increase in yield in its bread-slicing operations.
System implementation is being conducted by NeoDyne, a certified Schneider Electric Alliance Integration Partner, as a trusted expert in designing and integrating Schneider Electric’s products and solutions. The 24-month roll-out of the system started in late 2022 and is expected to be completed in 2024. Implementation at Warburtons’ Stockton-on-Tees facility has already been completed, with engineers reporting positive feedback from the site.
Schneider Electric will be responsible for capturing, recording, and reporting on real-time process data, allowing Warburtons to optimise operations, improve quality, and reduce costs across its business.
David Rimmer, Central Engineering Manager at Warburtons, said: “Warburtons’ longevity is owing to our constant commitment to innovation and our standards. By using products that allow our employees to turn data into insight products we will deliver improvement. By expanding the remit of our partnership with Schneider Electric, we’re confident that we will continue to scale our business and feed the nation sustainably, as we have been doing since 1876.”
Martin Farrell, Managing Director at Neodyne, continued: “This is another powerful example of how our partnership with Schneider Electric is helping to deliver a transformative industrial automation solution for a leading UK brand.”